Did you know that you can pop rice, similar how you would pop popcorn. The trick though is not to burn the rice due to the heat. Corn has more forgiving but rice burns up within a second if you’re not careful. That’s why they’re popping the rice in hot sand while steering.
It’s almost as fascinating as watching a firework, our guide said it’s like true magic and I do agree.
In the video below you can watch the process, halfway through they’re switching to popped yucca noodles but it’s the same process as making the rice crispy treats and yes here in Vietnam they’re topping it with dry shredded chicken meat. Yum! This was part of our Mekong Delta Boat Tour, if you’re interested read all about it via the link.